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Emerging Pinay entrepreneur sew her way to success through DILEEP
CALOOCAN CITY—As part of its commitment to uplifting the lives of the disadvantaged workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) continuously provide opportunities to vulnerable sector through DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). 
Tecla Olayan, a DILEEP program recipient, shared the positive turn of events in her life after the livelihood intervention.  
Olayan, 54 years old, is a loving wife to Anecito and a nurturing mother to 3 children. She was once a piece rate factory worker for 16 years earning below the minimum wage. She gave up her job to care for her children and yet despite her sacrifices, one of her children passed away.
In an effort to augment her husband’s measly income as a machine operator whilst enduring the painful loss of her child, Olayan decided to be a home-based sewer, bearing with an old, malfunctioned high-speed sewing machine to offer services to her neighbours who would have their clothes and other garments repaired.
For this reason, Olayan sought the assistance of DOLE and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in the locality to be part of the livelihood program in 2016. 
It was in June 2016 when Olayan, along with other 40 program beneficiaries, received a DILEEP livelihood grant of 4 brand new sewing machines with business enhancement kits. Excited of the opportunity, Olayan immediately put together the new equipment she received from DOLE and integrated her experiences in sewing—merging it with her newfound learning in Basic Entrepreneurship, Basic Bookkeeping and Packaging through DOLE and PESO to sustain her business.
The big break came after Olayan’s boss, an owner of a school in Malabon, noticed her skill and decided to avail her services in preparing the uniform of all students in his school. 
Such event changed her life.
To date, Olayan’s Panahian Business has been dramatically growing with major clients such as Toyota and schools from Malabon and Caloocan City. She managed to keep her business upfloat; allowing her to buy 2 more sewing machines and hire 3 employees from the neighbourhood to ensure timely and quality delivery of services. In addition, Olayan was able to secure a Barangay Business Permit and is currently in the process of securing a Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) permit from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
With a bright future ahead of her, Olayan intends to purchase additional sewing machines and even look forward to buying a house and lot.
Olayan was recognized by the PESO Caloocan and DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office for her consistency in the submission of monthly progress reports and for generating employment within the community. Her exemplary contribution in the community made the Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan feature her success story in his localized State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Asked how she plans to give back to the community for the blessings that she received, Olayan replied, “willing po akong mag-turo ng pananahi sa mga kapitbahay na walang ginagawa, para imbes na nakaupo lang sila, pag natuto sila, pwede rin silang kumita…”   
Olayan added that the blessings poured after she became a livelihood beneficiary and she wished to become instrumental in generating more employment within the community. END / Angelica Fresnoza / IMSD-LCO-2018-03 / GNM18-03
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